We continue to promote the importance for us as adults to keep reading with our
children for as long as possible.Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for
young people. Benefits of shared reading include facilitating enriched language
exposure, fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading
comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills.
They are also valued as a shared social opportunity between parents and their
children to foster positive attitudes toward reading.When we read aloud to children it is also beneficial for their cognitive development,
with parent-child reading activating brain areas related to narrative comprehension
and mental imagery. While most of the research in this area focuses on young
children, this does not mean that these benefits somehow disappear as children age.As young people’s attitudes towards reading reflect their experiences of reading at
home and at school in childhood and beyond, providing an enjoyable shared reading
experience at home can help to turn our children into life-long readers.